There is an acute shortage of families in Massachusetts who are willing to open their doors to abused and neglected children. If you are considering fostering a child, here are the requirements to get started. You must:
► Be a Massachusetts resident 18 or older
► Rent or own a home that meets Department of Children and Family home safety standards
► Have a stable source of income
► Pass a background record check
For more information: mass.gov/how-to/apply-to-become-a-dcf-foster-parent ; or call the DCF Foster Care/Adoptive Recruitment Unit at 800-543-7508.